Kings Cliff

Visitor information

Switch off and soak up the natural beauty of Somerset in Kings Cliff

Come and explore this local hidden gem that lies within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), south west of Bridgwater. 

The old oaks and sweet chestnuts create a mosaic of woodland, providing a stunning backdrop for a casual stroll, horse ride or cycle. With paths, streams, hills and views, it can often feel like you have the whole area to yourself. What more could you want? 

Cool off under the canopy of the trees and take a splash in the stream on a hot summers day, or bathe in the golden hues of autumn. You may even spot a wild deer! 

Don't forget to bring your wellies, as it can get very muddy on our paths and trails. 

At a glance

  • Walking 

  • Horse riding 

  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

We welcome horses and riders alike at Kings Cliff, where you can explore the woodland on the network of forest roads which wind their way through a diverse and beautiful range of habitats. There is a bridleway running from the east to the west of the forest. We recommend OS Explorer 128 for public rights of way and forest roads.

You do not need a permit to ride in Kings Cliff. Horse riding is informal, there is no marked route. Please stick to surfaced tracks.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

There is open access to a range of trails within Kings Cliff starting from the car park. Don't forget to bring your wellies, as it can get very muddy on our paths and trails. 

Nearby forests

woodland landscape

A stunning site in the Quantocks, Great Wood is the perfect spot to enjoy a family picnic.

Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of Great Wood and admire some majestic Douglas fir along the two mile red walk, which is ideal for families.  Great Wood is a wonderful place to spot a variety of wildlife such as Red Deer, Ravens, Buzzards, Pied Flycatchers, Crossbills and much more.  

Wych Lodge river backed by trees

Wych Lodge boasts some of Somerset’s most stunning ancient oak trees, soothing lakeside views and an extensive network of woodland tracks for you to explore. Cyclists and horse riders are welcome to roam the forest roads and public rights of way.

The sun is setting between conifer trees

Nestling in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Staple Hill is perfectly situated for far-reaching views to Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills, and even the south coast of Wales.

A view of the Tall Trees Trail

Take a step back in history to discover the intriguing remains of a prehistoric Iron Age hill fort, later a motte and bailey.

Meander along woodland tracks for a family adventure and explore the forest to find stunning views and landscapes. This is the perfect place to stop for a picnic among the veteran trees.

The car park has a height restriction barrier of 2m.

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